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After The Storm – Roof Maintenance

After The Storm – Roof Maintenance

Monsoon season in Phoenix is usually accompanied by some of the most extreme weather conditions that we face: heavy winds, dust storms, heavy rain, and sometimes even hail. In 2010, the most expensive hailstorm Phoenix has faced resulted in nearly $3 billion in recorded losses. Even extreme heat is natural for our summers, leading to severe damage among unmaintained or old roofs.

Now that the monsoon season is coming to a close, you should take an opportunity to run over some roof maintenance before we have any end of the year storms roll through. Simple repairs and checks can help prevent hundreds to thousands of dollars in repair work!

General Maintenance

As a general rule of thumb, you need to be extremely cautious when on your roof – just walking on a roof can cause damage, and is particularly dangerous for those not accustomed to working with heights. We recommend that you use a pair of binoculars or the zoom feature of your phone’s camera to examine your roof for any monsoon damage, or to call Mikku & Sons Roofing for a free, full roof inspection.

Generally, you will be looking for:

  • Missing roofing materials (such as tiles, shingles, peeling foam, etc.)
  • Any missing flashing on the roof
  • Accumulation of debris, particularly around any drains
  • Damaged seals around penetrations in your roof (such as a chimney)
  • Gutters and downspouts are secure and free from debris
  • Covered vents from attic insulation
  • Ridge vents are free from foliage and debris
  • Attic vents for signs of birds or rodents 

Although this year was on the drier side, even sparse summer rains encourage the growth of outdoor foliage. Be sure to check around your home for loose or hanging branches, trees and shrubs in need of trimming, and piles of leaves where critters may nest.

Plan A Tune-Up

Roofs that go unchecked risk developing leaks and even greater repairs! Minor water damage, small to large holes, and damage to paint and wall texture can cost you money you didn’t want to spend, just on repairs. If you wait even longer, more extreme water damage, sagging ceilings, or failing structural integrity can cost nearly $8000 or more!

Schedule an appointment for your roof tune-up today and keep it in top shape! Mikku & Sons Roofing has provided roof repair and maintenance to Arizona homeowners for over 19 years and can tune-up your roof today. Call now at (623) 465-1068. 

By |2020-09-29T19:18:18+00:00September 29th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

What Is The Best Tile Roof Underlayment In Arizona?

What Is The Best Tile Roof Underlayment To Use In Arizona?

Tile roofs can last up to 50 years in Arizona. However, the tile underlayment (felt/ tar paper) typically lasts 20 to 30 years. The tile underlayment will start rotting out when water gets under the roof tiles. The most common ways water can get under roof tiles are: clogged valleys/ roof flashing, broken tiles, or the roof tiles were not laid properly. Roof tiles are mainly aesthetic and act as a barrier between the tile underlayment and the roof tile.

The Arizona sun will destroy tile underlayment if it is exposed. Most tile underlayments cannot withstand the UV rays and start deteriorating rapidly. There are some tile underlayments that are designed for heat and sunny climates such as Arizona’s. So, let’s explore what is the best tile roof underlayment in Arizona!

The Different Type of Tile Underlayments Available

There are many different types of underlayments that can be used under concrete tile in Arizona. Here are are the most common: felt (SBS modified bitumen), synthetic, and self-adhering underlayments. We will talk about each type of concrete tile underlayment and determine what is best based on several factors: price, waterproofing, durability, and UV resistance.

Synthetic Tile Underlayment

Synthetic tile underlayments have been increasing in popularity in Arizona. However, in our opinion, they are not the best for material to use. In fact, we will recommend homeowners not to choose synthetic concrete tile underlayments. Let’s talk about why we don’t recommend synthetic concrete tile underlayments.

Price:

Some synthetic underlayments are more expensive than the felt type of concrete tile underlayments while other synthetics are cheaper. In fact, the material price can be double than of a felt type of underlayment. It would be cheaper to do two layers of felt than a single layer of synthetic.

Waterproofing:

Synthetic is the king of waterproofing capabilities and is 100% waterproof. How ever synthetics don’t self-seal around fasteners well (nails, staples, etc). This is the biggest issue when it comes to installing synthetic underlayment under concrete tile roofs. A concrete tile roof is comprised of

The underlayment is rolled out to cover the decks surface (keeping it waterproof) and nailed in place.
Batten strips (4 ft sections of 1×2 wood strip) are then nailed or stapled on top of the underlayment. They provide rows for the roof tile cleats to rest on and prevent them from sliding down the roof.
Then the roof tiles themselves.


Example of what is underneath a concrete tile roof
Installing a tile roof requires both the batten strips and underlayment to be fastened to the deck. So, with a synthetic underlayment that doesn’t automatically seal around the fastener’s penetrations, your roof is vulnerable.

The number one reason your concrete tile roof leaks is from water getting under the batten strips and going through the fasteners penetrations. Rubber modified felt papers will automatically seal these penetrations while synthetics will not.

So even though synthetics have a 50 years product warranty they are not the best tile underlayment for sealing the around the roof fasteners.

Durability:

As far as durability, synthetic roof material is quite durable. However, when synthetic tears it tends to tear in big sections. Synthetic concrete tile underlayments have a durable surface for foot traffic and have an excellent non-slip surface

UV Resistance:

Synthetic underlayment has very strong UV resistant qualities. When exposed to the direct sun, the underlayment can maintain a UV resistance from 6 to 12 months

Self Adhering Tile Underlayment

This underlayment is different from both the synthetic and felt underlayment because it has a self-adhering bottom. When installing a thin film is pulled away and the self-adhering bottom adheres to the roofs deck. The gives the advantage of leaving no roof fasteners (cap nails) exposed.

As you can see there are no exposed nails
Another benefit is most of the self-adhering concrete tile underlayments are rubber-modified and automatically self-seal around any nails pounded through its surface.

Price:

Self-adhering concrete tile underlayments are generally very expensive. It is usually around the same price to use synthetic underlayment.

Waterproofing:

This concrete tile underlayment is excellent at waterproofing. It has a lot of rubber inside of it and lasts a very long time. The seams are adhered together providing a waterproof surface.

Durability:

Self-adhering concrete tile underlayment is the most durable underlayment available in Arizona. Specifically, the brand, Boral Tile Secure, is the best concrete tile underlayment in Arizona for the durability factor. It can be used under metal roofs so it has a very high melting point. The surface is a non-slip and can handle high foot traffic which is good for the installers!

UV Resistance:

This material can handle a lot of UV exposure and lasts up to 6-12 months of direct Arizona sun! For UV Resistance, self adhering underlayment is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona

Felt Type Tile Underlayment

Felt style underlayments have been around the longest out of the other two types. The are different class and types of felt that is used under concrete tiles in Arizona. Felts thickness are organized by weight classes ranging from 30# to 90#. Some felts are better than others.

Organic felt tile underlayment was used a lot 20 to 30 years ago. However organic felt is the cheap option. It tends to dry up and curl on the seam edges with age. Also, there have been incidences where roof rats have chewed up all the organic felt paper under tile roofs causing the roof to leak severely.

The better felts are the SBS Rubber modified bitumen. They are fortified with rubber which helps the underlayment lay flat on installation. The rubber also helps the material to self-seal around the roof fasteners.

Price:

The price for SBS rubber modified bitumen is the cheapest out of the other two options. In many cases, it is costs less to apply two layers SBS rubber modified felt than one layer of synthetic or self-adhering underlayment. For prices, felt is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona.

Waterproofing:

Organic felt is not 100% water proof but the SBS modified version has more rubber in it allowing it to be superior at being waterproof. In Arizona, we have a very dry climate so SBS modified felt papers are more than enough to keep your roof dry. The composition of the SBS prevents it from rotting and deteriorating like its organic cousin.

Durability:

Felts are quite durable and can handle foot traffic quite well. The organic felts are less durable than the SBS modified felts. However, if the felt is installed in high temperatures the asphalt becomes pliable and the tar paper can slide when being installed. This is a hazard for the roofers since the tile roofs have a pitch.

UV Resistance:

Both the self-adhering and synthetic concrete tile underlayments have better UV resistance than felt. If a tile breaks on your tile roof and exposes the surface of the underlayment it is advised to get the tile replaced as soon as possible. The SBS modified felts are generally more UV resistant than the organic felts. Felt does not win the UV resistance test for underlayments in Arizona.

So, what is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona?

The synthetics are out ruled out being that they are not self-sealing when a nail is pounded through their surface. In fact, we would NOT recommend synthetics under tile at all for Arizona. It is the best underlayment for under shingle roofs in cold climates.

One of the biggest faults synthetics have is not being repairable. One of the other two options if there is a premature leak then they can easily be repaired with more felt and tar. Many times a tile roof while start leaking in a high water flow area years before the rest of the underlayment needs to be changed. In our opinion synthetics are one of the worst underlayments for tile roofs in Arizona.

While self-adhering underlayment is the best tile underlayment in Arizona for durability, length of life, and UV resistance; an SBS rubber modified felt is our pick. A particular brand that we like the most is TU-43. Tu-43 lasts a long time, it can easily be repaired, has a rubber and fiberglass core, and it is has a reasonable price tag. Installing two layers would be cheaper than one layer of the self-adhering underlayment and last around the same time (some cases even longer).

So, if you need the underlayment replaced under your tiles in Arizona then we would recommend TU-43 as the choice of tile underlayment material. In our opinion, TU-43 is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona!

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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By |2020-08-25T23:07:46+00:00August 5th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Efficient Roofing Options In Arizona

Efficient Roofing Options In Arizona

Efficiency Equals Savings

Anyone living in Arizona knows that the summers here get extremely hot! In this blog, we will explore energy efficient roofing options. Using your Air Conditioning in the summertime adds considerably to your electric bill every month. There are ways of saving money by using energy-efficient building materials. We will talk specifically about choosing energy-efficient roofing materials for the next time you need to re-roof your house or on your new construction home.

What to look for when exploring efficient roofing options

There are several types of roofing materials or roof types that are commonly used in Arizona. The most common for pitched roofs are: tile or shingle. For flat roofs: rolled roofing systems and foam.

So what should someone look for when wanting to choose an energy-efficient roofing material? The easiest way is to look for ENERGY STAR® roofing materials. The Energy Star logo on the roofing materials packaging indicates that the product is certified to be an energy-efficient roofing material. Energy Star determines roof materials’ energy efficiency by their solar reflectance and emittance.

For example, roofing energy-efficient shingles use granules that reduce the amount of heat that is transferred into the material while shingles that aren’t designed to be energy efficient absorb more heat. The surface temperature difference between energy-efficient roofing material with the special granules and non-energy efficient materials can be up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another important thing to take into consideration on choosing your energy-efficient roofing material is the color. Darker colors tend to absorb the sun’s energy and transmit the heat into the building below while lighter colors tend to reflect the sun more efficiently. So it is important to not only choose the color material that you like but also choose lighter tones.

Turbine Style Shingle Roof Vent

Proper Ventilation

If your roof and attic do not have the proper ventilation then it does not matter what material you use on top of the roof. Improper ventilation will negate the benefits of the energy-efficient roofing material that is used on your roof. In fact, roofing material manufacturers will automatically void material warranties if the roof/attic is not ventilated according to code.

There are many different types of vents that are used depending on the type of roof you have. Here is a roof vent calculator tool if you are wondering how many vents you need. This photo is used to illustrate what a shingle roof turbine vent looks like.  Turbine vents help increase energy efficiency by exhausting hot air from the attic.

Tips to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Roof

We will review different energy-saving options on the common roof types of Arizona. The roof types we will cover are tile, shingle, and flat roofs. Let’s explore the different energy-efficient roofing materials for each type of roof.

1

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are excellent at being energy efficient when it comes to the airflow factor. There is a space between the tiles and the felt that helps promote airflow. Tile roofs are durable and last a long time. The two main ways to increase the energy efficiency of your tile roof includes extra ventilation and installing a reflective foam material on top of your felt. The material that is used commonly in Phoenix is called Radiant Barrier. This will reflect the heat and prevent it from entering the attic space. While Radiant Barrier is not considered a roofing material, it is very energy efficient! Both of these options will help you save on your monthly electricity bill!

2

Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are very common in Arizona being that they are the most economical roof on the market. Asphalt tends to get really hot in the summer in Arizona. However, the energy efficiency is lower than tile roofs. The best method of increasing the efficiency of your shingle roof is replacing the old worn out shingle with the Energy Star rated shingles (which are considered energy efficient roofing material). Also, increased ventilation or upgraded ventilation can help as well. Automatic or active vents are a great option and can be programmed to use the fan when the temperature of the attic hits a certain threshold. High-quality vents such as ridge vents also help promote proper ventilation as well.

3

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs in Arizona are comprised of many different materials. The most common being asphalt. Asphalt is not an energy-efficient roofing material. Coating your roof with Acrylic cool roof coatings is a great way to cool down your flat roof. Acrylic elastomeric roof coatings will seal, extend, and renew your flat roof. They will also drop the surface temperature of the roof up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Acrylic Elastomeric roof coatings have strong reflective qualities and are strongly recommended for restoring your old roof, reducing your energy bills, and transforming your roof into being more energy efficient.

Of These Efficient Roofing Options, What is the Best Choice Available in Arizona?

Hands down polyurethane foam roofs are the best roofs for the hot climate of Arizona and the most energy-efficient roof available. The system consists of two-part: 1-inch thick polyurethane foam and 1 to 2 coats of acrylic elastomeric coatings (we spoke already about how elastomeric coating is energy-efficient roofing material). Some of our customers at Mikku and Sons have seen their electricity bill drop by 50% after getting a new Foam Roof. Foam can be installed over pre-existing flat roofs. It is a great system that excels in insulating your home and reflecting the sun.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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By |2020-09-18T18:47:16+00:00July 31st, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Roofing Costs: How Much Should You Pay A Roofer?

Roofing Costs: How Much Should You Pay A Roofer?

It Depends on the Roof Type

Roofing Costs vary because there are many different roof types in Arizona which will affect how much you should pay a roofer to do your roof. Each type of roof has different price tag attached to it. In this blog, we will explore the prices of each type of roof available in Arizona to figure how much you should pay a roofer.

Factors that determine roofing costs and how much you should pay a roofer to do the job

  1. Roof material and quality
  2. Size and complexity of your roof
  3. The roofing company that you choose

The roof types covered

  1. Concrete Tile Roof/ Clay Tiles
  2. Shingle Roof
  3. Foam Roof
  4. Flat Roof systems

1. Replacing your Tile Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs:

Let’s look how much you should pay a roofer for a concrete tile roof. For a Concrete Tile roof per square (or per 100 square feet) costs $350 to $450 for a “R and R” (to remove the tile and replace the existing tile underlayment and reuse same roof tiles). Reusing the same tile is a cost effective way to replace your roof. On average a tile “R and R” for a whole roof costs $7,000 to $15,000 Note: this is just an average on how much you should pay a roofer to do your tile roof.

However, some tile brands are brittle and all the tile need to be replaced which means you will have to pay your roofer more.

Cost to pay a roofer for new tile.

In the event that all of the tile need to be replaced on your roof the cost per square generally costs:

  1. Concrete: Generally costs $500 to $1000 per square
  2. Clay: Generally costs $800 to $1200 per square

These prices are a supposed to be used as a general guide only on how much you should pay a roofer. Each tile roof varies in size and complexity. For example, a roof with a larger square area is generally cheaper per square because you get “economies of scale”. Complexity plays a part in the cost of a new tile roof as well. A roof that is is considered complex has many valleys, different slopes, or angled ridge.

Company

Another price factor is the roofing company you choose. This can make up to a 50% difference on how much you should pay a roofer. There are many unlicensed “companies” that have rock bottom prices. But should never be an option because they end up usually costing the customer more money when they have to hire a reputable company to fix their roof. The price range among the roofing companies can vary greatly. For example, our salesman have placed a bid on a job for $15,000.00 and another company had placed a bid for $30,000.00!

Quality

The last factor that affects concrete tile roof prices is the quality of material. This factor has the smallest margin on how much you should pay a roofer. Usually only affecting the price by a few hundreds to thousands on how much you should pay a roofer (depending on the size of the job) We strongly recommend the best materials to our customers since the ROI is greatly in their favor. Using “better” material makes the tile roof last up to 5 to 10 years longer and is worth the extra money!

2. Replacing your Shingle Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs

Let’s look how much you should pay a roofer for a shingle roof. Shingle roofs are known as the “economical” roof in Arizona. They are the cheapest roof systems available and last up to 20 to 30 years. They are great option for “getting the most bang for your buck”. On a average roof to tear off the existing shingles and install new ones one could expect to pay $5,000 to $12,000. Note: this is just an average price on how much you should pay a roofer to do your shingle roof.

There are different types of shingle and quality. The main types in Arizona are Three tab and Architectural. Three tab shingle are a cheaper option than Architectural shingle yet do not last as long (5-7 years less) Usually the price difference between the two is a few hundred for the whole roof.

THREE TAB

ARCHITECTURAL

Size and complexity play a part in the price as well on how how much you should pay a roofer on a shingle roof. If the roofs slope is steeper than 6/12 (6 inches drop over a 12 inch section) then the price will be higher since there is more labour involved. If there are many roof vent that affects the price as well.

Beware of the companies that charge rock bottom prices the shingle market has a low price barrier to enter so there are more unskilled companies that cut corners.

3. Replacing your Foam Roof: Cost and Factor Breakdown on Roofing Costs

Let’s look how much you should pay a roofer for a foam roof. Foam roofs are one of the most expensive roofing systems in Arizona, but is considered the best option for flat roofs. It has the best insulating properties than any other roof system available on the market. It is generally $250 to $300 a square. So on a average roof size a new foam roof is around $5,000 to 12,000. Note: this is a general rule of thumb on how much you should pay a roofer to foam your roof.

However, this is not factoring tearing off the original roof which will vary in cost. Also, a foam roof needs to be re-coated every 5 to 10 years but will last a lifetime if this is done. So it is important to keep this in mind when thinking about how much you should pay a roofer to install a foam roof.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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By |2020-08-26T20:23:55+00:00July 14th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Replacing Concrete Tile Underlayment

Replacing Concrete Tile Underlayment

Leaky Concrete Tile Roof?

The chances are if you are reading this blog you either have a concrete tile roof that is leaking or that is old and liable to leak soon. In this blog, we are going to talk about replacing the underlayment of a concrete tile roof. We will discuss the importance of replacing concrete tile underlayment when it goes bad. Also, we will give tips on how to detect leaks on concrete tile roofs.

Signs Your Underlayment May Need Replacement

Underlayment Longevity

The underlayment on concrete tile roofs typically last 20-30 years. This greatly depends on the quality of the material. For instance, most of the track style homes in the valley have a 30# underlayment which lasts 20 to 25 years ( 30# is the thinnest underlayment under concrete tile roofs allowed by roofing code)

So, if your roof is 20 to 30 years old and you have a concrete tile roof then your roof may be leaking already is liable to. Many times a leak can go undetected if it occurs on the eves or gable edges of a roof.

Be Proactive

PRO TIP: walk around the edges of your roof and look upwards. If you see water staining, as you can see in this photo, then the underlayment on your tile roof needs to be replaced.

Being proactive instead of reactive with maintaining your tile roof and replacing the underlayment when it goes bad will save you lots of money in the long run (This helps you avoid: Dry wall repairs, repainting water stained ceilings, possible mold removal and not to mention all the other water sensitive items inside your house) Another PRO TIP: walk around the inside of your house room to room and inspect the ceiling for any water stains.

This is what a simplified process of replacing the underlayment of a concrete tile roof looks like (note: the pictures are from a small repair). It should be done before it is to late!!

1.  Concrete roof tiles are removed:

2.  Remove Battens strips , clean surface free of debris and install tile underlayment:

3.  Install new Batten Strips:

4.  Reinstall roof tiles and replace any broken ones:

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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By |2020-08-26T21:29:01+00:00June 27th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Up On The Rooftop Reindeer Pause

Up On The Rooftop Reindeer Pause

Make Way for Santa

As December rolls through, and the rooftop reindeer have come and gone, we hear the same problem year after year. People call in for roof inspections after finding shingles on the ground and hoof prints up top. We have a small list of things to look for, that way Santa has a clean landing and doesn’t damage anything by accident.

Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Roof For Santa And His Rooftop Reindeer

1

Don’t Overload Your Roof

As much as Santa loves seeing houses decked all around, you must be careful to leave room for him to land on your roof! Rather than just throwing all your lights and decorations on the roof, try to plan for a lighter roof load. Keep your lights in straight lines, creating a lane for Santa to land in, and avoid keeping too many stand up decorations on the roof (should one of Santa’s reindeer knock them down caught in your shingles).

2

Scrub That Chimney

If you have a chimney, make sure you clean it nice and good. The last thing Santa will want is to slide down a grimy, soot-filled chimney to deliver. Additionally, try to keep the front of the fireplace clear so Santa has a clean exit!

3

Check Your Gutters

It’s safe to say that you’ll be on the “Nice” list this Christmas if you’ve been cleaning your gutters. If you have not cleaned them out recently, you’ve still got a few days before Christmas to get them squared away. Clogged gutters can cause damage to your exterior walls, or to the foundation of your home. If Santa notices damage, he may not have a safe place to land!

4

Leave Something For Rudolph!

You may leave out a nice treat for Santa every year, but what about for his trusty delivery partners? A nice snack could be some leafy greens carrots or an apple if you want to really treat them!

5

Check The Rest Of Your Yard

Check your yard for anything that may hinder Santa on the busiest night of the year. Trim any overhead branches, make sure any large piles of leaves are raked and thrown out, replace any of your broken or missing shingles, and make sure your lights are all active (just to give Santa some more illumination). If you are in Northern Arizona or anywhere else that experiences snow and harsher conditions, make sure your roof is clear of snow and break any ice dams.

6

Get A Proper Inspection

Of course, if you want to have the safest conditions and some peace of mind, the best thing you can do is to get a proper roofing inspection. Fortunately for you, Mikku and Sons works with Santa year-round inspecting roofs for his arrival. If you want to make sure you’re ready for Santa and his reindeer, give us a call today!

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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By |2020-08-26T21:31:32+00:00December 18th, 2019|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Does Your Roof Need Repair?

If you think your tile roof has potential issues and you want fix those problems before they becoming bigger and more expensive issues, you’ll need to know what to look for. However, how can a homeowner inspect their tile roof and recognize the telling points that may show your roof has problems? Read on and we’ll help you with telltale signs that your roof may need some attention.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Physically inspect a tile roof correctly
  • Signs to look for when inspecting your tile roof

Remember, do not walk on your tile roof! To be safe, and to keep yourself from breaking tiles, we recommend you don’t walk on your roof.  This is especially important when you have a fragile clay tile roof. A good suggestions would be to use binoculars to inspect your roof from a distance from your yard or up on a secured ladder. Move the ladder to different view angles around your property to get a clear view of the entire roof.

Know What To Look For

1

Issue #1

Organic Debris
Between Tiles

Plant materials like mold and lichen or small branches and leaves can literally eat away at the underlayment.  This will leave your roof vulnerable and could void your roof’s warranty. If your tile roof is covered with lots of leaves, branches, and other organic debris, schedule a professional roofing contractor to preform maintenance as soon as you can.

2

Issue #2

Deteriorated
Flashing

Flashing is the material around any pipes, vents, chimneys or other penetrations on your roof. Decayed or poorly installed flashing can lead to water penetrating under the tiles and potentially damaging your underlayment.

3

Issue #3

Broken or
Missing Tiles

Missing or broken tiles will allow the tile roof underlayment (the roofs waterproofing feature) to decay. How does this happen? With a tile missing, the underlayment is now open and vulnerable to the weather and elements, like the hot sun, torrential monsoon rains and organic material from birds.

4

Issue #4

Moisture Damaged
Fascia Boards

Fascia boards are long, straight boards that run along the lower edge of your tile roof. These boards may need repair or replacement since they’re susceptible to moisture and can rot or decay. You should look for cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof.

5

Issue #5

A Sagging
Roof

If you think your tile roof is sagging, it may be that the roofing material that supports the roof has weakened.  Another reason could be that your roof has too much weight for the structure.  You may need to have a professional tile roof repair contractor bring in a structural engineer to analyze and recommend corrections to any structural problems your roof has.

The Underlying Issue

Deteriorating Underlayment

Everything we’ve pointed out so far is fairly easy to spot. However, deteriorating underlayment is harder to see because – as its name implies – it’s underneath the tile, which protects your roof from water penetrating through to the interior. Getting up on your roof and uncovering tiles to check your underlayment isn’t something you want to do yourself.

Here’s the most important thing to know – the underlayment on your tile roof needs to be replaced eventually. Usually between  12 and 20 years is about how long you can expect it to last in a climate like Phoenix.. If your roof is more than 12 years old and hasn’t been inspected in some time, you should contact an experienced tile roof repair company for a comprehensive roof inspection.

Does Your Underlayment Need Replacing?

The underlayment and flashings are critical on a tile roof because they are the primary water barrier to keep moisture from penetrating your roof. The tiles themselves are mostly for architectural curb appeal and helps to protect the underlayment. Since the tiles can last 50 years or more, your underlayment needs to be of similar quality. Usually, the tiles on the roof will outlast the underlayment and the flashings around your roof penetrations.

Whatever type of underlayment is deployed on your tile roof, the installation is as critical as the material used. It’s most important that proper sealing measures and flashing material is used at all penetrations for chimneys, skylights, pipes and roof vents. Valleys in your roof are also problem areas that need special attention.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Roof Repair or Replacement?

Roof Repair or Replacement?

Considerations When Repairing a Roof

A home’s roof is one of its most critical features. A solid, watertight roof keeps the rest of the property from water leaks and other damaging things outside the home. When you have an issue, or the roof comes to the end of its useful life, it will be one of the more expensive elements to fix.

Proper Repair or Just A Band Aid?

It’s important to try to repair rather than replacing your roof. A correctly done and well-timed repair can produce a lot of savings. On the other hand, sometimes a repair is just an expensive band-aid over a problem that needs to be corrected soon anyway. In this post, we’ll go over four key considerations to remember when deciding between roof repair or replacement.

  1. Roof Age and Repair Cost
  2. Cause of the Problem
  3. Potential Tax Incentives
  4. Warranty Status

Roof Repair or Replacement – Considerations

1

The Age of Your Roof and Costs to Repair

All residential roofs have an expected useful lifespan, depending on the type of roof, the materials its made of, weather elements, and proper installation procedures. The closer the roof is to the end of its expected life, the more likely it is that replacing it will be a more effective solution. Cost of repair also plays a factor – a very inexpensive repair might be worthwhile even on a roof thats near the end of its useful life.

In general, in Arizona, you can expect about 15-20 years from a flat roof (more properly called a low-slope roof). Sloped or pitched roofs may give between 15 years (for asphalt shingle) and 50 years (for some tile roofs).

2

What Caused the Problem?

A common mistake homeowners make is thinking that if leaks are popping up often, the entire roof is bad and needs replacing. But repeated leaking can have more related with installation issues than the roof itself, and a proper repair will be a much more inexpensive choice.

When this happens, the first place to check is at penetration locations in the roof. Penetrations are places where holes are punched through the roof for things like pipe vents and chimneys. If leaks are showing up around penetrations, then you may have received a bad installation process. Depending on the number of penetrations, repairing the flashing will probably fix your issues more efficiently obviously much less expensive than completely replacing it.

If the leaks are penetrating seams in different roofing materials, then it could make more sense to replace rather than repair.

3

Tax Considerations

Depending on where your property is located, there might be tax incentives available for installing energy-efficient roofing. Also, some roof repairs can be tax deductible. This could have a big impact on the cost effectiveness of your repair or replacement choice. Check your local, state, and federal tax guidelines.

4

Is It Covered by Warranty?

If your roof has an existing warranty, you’ll want to get your repairs or your roof replacement done while it is under warranty, obviously. However, warranties on roofs can be difficult to decipher. For one thing, many warranties use proration clauses, which means you’ll only get credit for the remaining lifespan of your roof. Another factor to remember is that the manufacturer’s warranty is a separate item from the installation warranty. If there’s a reason for one of those parties to blame the issues on the other party, they will. This can put the homeowner in a difficult situation where nobody takes responsibility for the roof repair problems.

When you’re trying to decide whether to repair or replace your roof, you need to understand the terms of your warranty, how close you are to the end of it, and whether the root of the problem falls under the manufacturer or the installation sections of your warranty.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Roofing Insurance Claim Tips

Roofing Insurance Claim Tips

Emergency Roof Repair Services

To a residential insurance policy business, the roof is the most crucial component of your residence. In more than 90 percent of hailstorm or high-wind cases, there is a payment family member to the roofing cover, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Figuring out that your roof covering has to be replaced or fixed can be bothersome for lots of home owners. Taking care of insurance policy cases, speaking with insurance adjusters and seeking compensation for all covered problems is a complicated procedure. Several home owners are just unclear how to file a claim, where the procedure can be troublesome, what sorts of paperwork they require, or what to anticipate.  We’ll try to help in this article by offering some roofing insurance claim tips.

Roofing Insurance Claim Tips That Will Make Things Easier

Know Your Policy Coverage

Some policies will use roofing damage coverage up to the depreciated worth, no matter the age of your roof covering. Other plans will cover the price of repair or replacement at the time of the insurance claim, despite the age .

The most critical thing to understand is what’s covered and what’s not.  This is done by calling your insurance policy service provider.

If your roofing system is less than 10 years old, you may be covered entirely for the expense of fixing or replacing the damaged area at the time of the claim. If your roof covering is more than 10 years old, you may only receive compensation for the depreciated value of the damage.

Produce Documentation

To simplify the claims procedure and help in getting the appropriate compensation for your loss, take a collection of “past” pictures of your roof covering as well as outside your residential or commercial property. Having all of these details on file will help make your claims procedure problem-free and as smooth as possible.

Pick a Roofing Contractor with Insurance Expertise

Look for roof repair contractors with experience in supplying roofing system estimates for insurance policy cases and also assisting customers navigate the procedure of obtaining their roof repair service to be covered by their insurance policy company.

If your roofing system has been damaged, you should get an evaluation by a roofing contractor as soon as possible. Figure out the degree of the damages immediately. This will help accelerate the claim and help prevent more issues that wouldn’t be covered under your plan.

Your professional roofing contractor should help you navigate your claim with your roofing company’s procedures. Look for service providers with experience in offering roof covering estimates and insurance coverage cases.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Common Flat Roof Issues

Common Flat Roof Issues

Be Aware

Flat roofs have built-in design and installation factors that can often lead to performance problems and a shorter life span than you might expect.  There are several common flat roof issues to be aware of.

Top 3 Common Flat Roof Issues

1

Leaking

This is the most frequently occurring problem on any kind of a residential flat roof. It usually happens due to ponding water that stands longer than 48 hours, after the most recent rain showers. Usually, moisture gets through at the seams or flashings. It can also come from clogged drains, chimneys, skylights, parapets and other types of penetrations on the roof. Its less common to have a leak from some sort of puncture. If moisture gets under the membrane and into the sheathing, mold and rot can start to form. This is especially likely in areas with lots of rain and severe storm frequency.

2

Shrinking and Deteriorating Materials

One of the most common problems for EPDM membranes is shrinkage. When rubber shrinks, it can pull down parapet walls, drip edges or even a chimney. This is more probable on a larger building, and on a property where the membrane wasn’t properly attached or installed.

3

Damage Caused by Foot Traffic

Another issue, especially for flat roof decking and commercial buildings is heavy foot traffic. Maintenance personnel (mainly HVAC contractors) and other random visitors going out on the roof, dropping tools, walking over fasteners, thus puncturing the membrane and causing other damages that need to be repaired.

When Should You Replace Your Flat Roof?

Replacing your flat roof can be a costly and time consuming project, and it should, in most instances, be your last resort. Just because your roof is leaking in a few spots doesn’t mean it necessarily must be replaced.

Two Scenarios That Warrant A New Install

The Age of the Roof
When the original material has gotten to the end of its lifespan, your best option is replacing it. Depending on the type of material your roof is made of, your local weather situation, as well as how you’re keeping up with routine maintenance, this life-cycle may vary, as we have discussed above. Since EPDM has seams that are prone to allowing moisture to get through, they will have a lot of issues in locations that have heavy and frequent rain storms. TPO may not live up to its fullest lifespan in geographic locations with high heat and drastic temperature fluctuations.

Poor and Faulty Installation
Unfortunately, installation issues happen way too much. This is the biggest source of all the other issues, including leaks. If you’re constantly fixing a fairly new roof, it probably indicates that it was not installed properly. Some of these can be rectified by a professional roof repair contractor, but their will be some that can’t be. This is why getting a thorough, professional inspection with an experienced roofer is so important.

If installation problems can’t be fixed, the best option will be replacing the faulty roof. Otherwise, you’ll just keep dumping more and more money into a roof that will never perform as its supposed to. If you find that there is wet insulation, it cannot dry out on its own and can cause mold issues and structural damage that will be much more expensive to fix than putting on a new roof, or replacing a large portion of the original one.

If you can afford it, choose a premium material like PVC. While its more expensive than other single ply choices, once you install it, you won’t have to worry about leaks and other problems again for a long time. PVC has hot air-welded seams that don’t come apart, and will remain resistant to water. It’s also an Energy Star rated, cool material, that reflects the sun’s heat, which will save you a lot of money on energy costs as you live in the property.

An Inspection is the Most Important First Step

To find out whether you should do a roof leak repair or replace it with a new membrane, find a professional, experienced roofing contractor to perform a thorough inspection. Be sure you hire an experienced pro, because a plain general contractor or an asphalt shingles expert won’tt know all the little details and complexities of these flat roof materials. They might give you poor recommendations that will cost you even more money and time to fix in the future.

During the inspection, your roofing contractor should include checking:

  • Seams
  • Flashings
  • Attachment points
  • Check for cracks at joints and corners, around chimneys and ventilation slits.
  • Assess any damage: deterioration, punctures, aging, leakage, ponding water, etc

It’s also very important that they do a test-cut (through the material to check what is under the top layer). A lot of times, mold and rotted sheathing underneath the top layer is not visible on the surface.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

Request Your Free Estimate

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